Telugu Desam Party president and Leader of Opposition in Andhra Pradesh Assembly N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday dared the state government to conduct an inquiry into the affairs of Heritage Foods owned by his family members.
"Both the state and Central governments are in your hands. What is preventing you from conducting an inquiry if there are any irregularities in Heritage's functioning?" an angry Naidu asked during a heated debate in the state Assembly.
Opposition parties demanded that the House take up a debate on the Satyam-Maytas affairs immediately but the government ruled it out. Legislative Affairs Minister K Rosaiah said adequate time was required to discuss the subject and accordingly Speaker KR Suresh Reddy fixed the debate for Monday.
"The Satyam scandal has brought disgrace to Andhra Pradesh. I am bowing my head in shame," Rosaiah observed.
Opposition members then alleged that the government was running away from a debate on Satyam-Maytas as many bigwigs belonging to the ruling establishment were involved in the scandal. This resulted in an exchange of words between treasury and Opposition benches.